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We were in San Francisco last week, and for me, no trip to that city is complete without a visit to the Zuni Cafe.  On this visit I had an extraordinary pizza that was the inspiration for this one.  A rich cow’s milk cheese was topped with the freshest corn and finished with a sprinkling of fresh lime zest.  Subtle and delicious.

My version is a little less subtle.   [click to continue…]

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Beach Babies

Monday, June 29, 2015
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David is the best at choosing baby gifts.  Recently we needed gifts for two new babies in our lives, and David, Julia and I went shopping for them one Sunday afternoon in the village of Southampton.  I saw several things I liked, but none of them quite met David’s standards for thoughtfulness, practicality and style. […]

Patatas Bravas

Monday, June 15, 2015
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David, Julia and I are regulars at Tia Pol and El Quinto Pino, our favorite tapas places in Chelsea, and David’s favorite dish is always patatas bravas, or fried potatoes dappled with a spicy chile sauce and allioli (the Catalan version of aioli or garlic mayonnaise).  (I usually get a second order so there are […]

Lavender Gelato

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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This is one of my favorite things.  I’ll eat it any time of year, but the distinctive flavor of lavender flowers paired with this light gelato base makes a particularly refreshing treat on a warm summer day like today.  It’s great with summer fruit, but the flavor is good to savor on its own, which is […]

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Saturday, June 6, 2015
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We men –and Dads in particular (“Um, I don’t really need anything.”)– aren’t usually very helpful when it comes to choosing gifts for us.   So this year we’re looking to some classic mid-century TV dads for inspiration.

Collected Cocktails: Summer Coolers

Thursday, May 28, 2015
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It’s hot and sticky in the City already, so it’s time to think about refreshing drinks.  Here’s a list of favorites I’ve collected from the site for the long hot summer ahead.  Do you have any favorites to share? The Watercooler The flavors of watermelon and fresh lime (with just a little hit of jalapeño) […]

Olive Oil Polenta Cake

Saturday, May 23, 2015
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Here’s my new favorite cake.  It’s perfect for summer entertaining.  For dinner, you can serve it with fresh fruit or berries or roasted rhubarb and whipped cream.  (That’s my plan for tonight.)  And tomorrow morning, I’m guessing our guests will enjoy a slice with their coffee.  (I know I will.)

Summer Bar Essentials

Monday, May 18, 2015
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Memorial Day weekend is almost here!  (That snuck up on me.)  It’s time to finish (or start and finish) the Spring cleaning, clean the barbecue, and dig out the swimsuits.  And, of course, stock your bar for the warmer months ahead. I enjoy a full bar, but if I had to choose just three bottles […]

Video: Baking Shortbread

Friday, May 8, 2015
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Sometimes the simplest things are the best.  Here’s a short video about baking deliciously buttery shortbread — the quickest, easiest cookie around– and one that lends itself to all sorts of creative variations, like rosemary shortbread or spicy pecan.  With just a few minutes of easy work, even confirmed non-bakers can turn out a delicious […]

Cilantro Gimlet

Sunday, April 26, 2015
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It’s finally, haltingly warm(er) and sunny(er) in New York.  And we’re celebrating spring with a fresh, green cocktail that’s one of my favorites.  Here’s the recipe, photographed at my friend (and Julia’s godmother) Marta’s lovely place in San Francisco. And I was on cocktail duty.  It has been warm in San Francisco, and so I […]